Source says Breedlove was 17 when sex began

Source says Breedlove was 17 when sex began

PORTLAND, Ore. - New details are emerging every day as the pieces of the scandal surrounding Portland's embattled mayor continue to unfold and people come forward.

A longtime friend of Beau Breedlove, who spoke with KATU News on condition of anonymity, has new light to shed on the scandal that has divided the city into two sides - those for and against Mayor Sam Adams.

In this latest development, Breedlove's friend told KATU News that he heard from him almost four years ago that he was having sex with a Portland politician - at a time when Breedlove was 17 years old.

"He didn't say who, or his name, but said he was having sexual encounters with this person," he said.

The friend met Breedlove at South Salem's Sprague High School and said in the spring of 2005, Breedlove told him about the relationship.

"I just didn't think too much of it at the time," he said. "It's not the first guy who he had sex with that was older than 18.  He liked it, obviously.  Maybe he just didn't know that this guy was going to become the mayor of Portland."

That spring, as a legislative intern, Breedlove met then 42-year-old Sam Adams, who was a City Commissioner at the time. 

The two knew each other well - in June of 2005, Adams traveled to Salem for Breedlove's 18th birthday.

Adams now admits he began to develop a relationship with Breedlove that went beyond mentoring.

"In the past, I characterized my relationship with Beau Breedlove as being purely non-sexual and that's not true," Adams admitted after the scandal broke.

According to Breedlove's friend, after that admission, Beau sent him a text message telling him that the sexual relationship started when Beau was still 17 years old.

When asked if he was convinced that Adams had sex with Breedlove when the young man was 17 years old, his friend said "yes."

Adams has denied having a sexual relationship with Breedlove when he was 17 years old.

"After I learned for the first time that he was 17, I told him that I was not interested in any sort of romantic relationship because he was 17," Adams said the day of his public apology.

Adams denied it again last weekend when he returned to City Hall for the first time since the scandal broke. "Our sexual relationship occurred after he was 18," he said.

According to a report in The Oregonian, Breedlove admits kissing Adams on two occasions before his 18th birthday - one a prolonged kiss that lasted about a minute in a men's room at City Hall.

By e-mail, text and phone, KATU asked Breedlove if there were any inaccuracies in that report or his friend's allegations. Friday afternoon, he said "the answers I gave The Oregonian are the same as what you would be told.  That's all I have to say to you."

Breedlove has admitted he initially lied about his relationship because he did not want to hurt Adams' reputation.

Breedlove's father, Marty Breedlove, told KATU News by phone he believes his son had sex with the mayor before he turned 18 years old.  He said he bases that belief on the kissing his son talked about and the numerous trips to Portland when his son was only 17 years old.  However, he says his son has not told him exactly how old he was when the sex began.

Note: KATU News contacted Sam Adams several times in the days leading up to this story.  He offered no comment.